Freud discovered that Reality does not equal the Real. Rather what we take to be reality is actually a contingent collective symbolic reality - a subset of the Real. Furthermore Freud discovered and promoted the fact that Psychic Reality is more prominent than we think - the subject’s fantasy that compete with Reality. Lacan simplified the question by positing the idea that the Real, Imaginary, and Symbolic “realities” are knotted in particular symptomatic ways for each culture or individual subject. We will investigate how this operates in our lives and how psychoanalysis reconstructs reality.
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